Statewide Transportation Improvement Program

The Statewide Transportation Improvement Program (STIP) is Virginia’s federally required four-year program that identifies the transportation projects (highway, passenger rail, freight, public transit, bicycle and pedestrian) that will utilize federal transportation funding or require approval from either the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) or Federal Transit Administration (FTA).

The program must include all projects in an urbanized area that are included in an MPO’s TIP (Metropolitan Planning Organization Transportation Improvement Program) as well as federally funded projects in the nonmetropolitan areas of Virginia. Currently there are fifteen MPO areas.  

For more information about each MPO’s TIP, please click the corresponding link for the area.

Federal regulations require each state to produce a STIP at least once every four years; however, Virginia updates their STIP every three years to ensure the program never lapses. Federal regulations require that the STIP demonstrate fiscal constraint to show that the state is not scheduling more transportation projects for construction than it has funding for.

Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021 STIP

VDOT and DRPT developed Virginia’s STIP for Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021. VDOT and DRPT worked in cooperation with the MPOs to update their TIPs which are included without change into Virginia’s STIP. VDOT and DRPT were also in cooperation with transportation planning officials in nonmetropolitan areas on inclusion of federally funded projects in the nonmetropolitan areas of Virginia.

Virginia provides many opportunities for the public to provide input on transportation projects and priorities as part of the continuing transportation planning process for the development of the STIP and the state required Six-Year Improvement Program.

On September 29, 2017 the FHWA and FTA approved the Federal Fiscal Years 2018 – 2021 STIP.

In accordance with federal requirements, the 2018 – 2021 STIP has been modified to meet the Performance Based Planning and Programming requirements for:

  • Safety performance measures
  • Transit asset management
  • Pavement and bridge performance measures
  • Highway System Performance; and
  • Congestion Mitigation and Air Quality Program Performance Measures

These modifications were prepared as an addendum to the STIP Appendix E: Performance Based Planning and Programming.

VDOT and FHWA maintain a shared site for exchange of information between agencies on various processes. On the shared site, VDOT staff updates and maintains project information on tracking sheets for authorized project phases included in a STIP grouping as various actions are submitted on projects in FHWA’s Fiscal Management Information System (FMIS). Below are the FFY 2018-2021 STIP Grouping Tracking Sheets as of January 3, 2020. STIP Grouping Tracking Sheets will be updated and posted quarterly.


Federal Fiscal Years 2015 – 2018 STIP

As a result of federally required public involvement for each MPO’s TIP, the Fall Transportation Meetings and Spring Public Hearings, comments were received and incorporated into the Federal Fiscal Years 2015 – 2018 STIP. On Sept. 30, 2014, the FHWA and FTA approved the federal Fiscal Years 2015 - 18 STIP.

Information on the STIP from previous years is available upon request.


Larrie Henley

Page last modified: Jan. 31, 2020